- Governor Godwin Obaseki has vowed to deal with anyone planning violence ahead of the Edo governorship election
- The governor said he is determined to carry out his responsibility of maintaining order, protecting lives and property
- Governor Obaseki also condemned the recent violence witnessed at the entrance of the Oba of Benin palace
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has reassured that his administration remains committed to the protection of lives and property of citizens across all communities of the state.
The governor made the comment while reading the riot act to those planning acts of violence ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Obaseki, who spoke to journalists in Benin city, the state capital, warned those intent on disrupting public peace that he is determined in his resolve to carry out his primary responsibility of maintaining order and protecting lives and property as the chief security officer of the state.
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He said the state government will not spare any individual or group of persons caught sponsoring or perpetrating violence with the intent on creating a sense of tension and crisis in and around the state.
His words: “With heightened political activities, we are witnessing a very disturbing increase in the incidence of violence, vandalism and thuggery in the state.
“Government will not stand idle and watch thugs overrun the state, cause chaos, and go scot-free, without consequences.”
The governor also condemned the recent violence witnessed at the entrance of the Oba of Benin palace when he led some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders to pay homage to the revered king.
Recently, Governor Obaseki accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of planning violence and importing arms to intimidate and harass his supporters ahead of the September 19 governorship election.
The governor made the comment while receiving Muslim leaders at Government House, in Benin city on Friday, July 31, who came to pay Sallah homage to him.
He also expressed his readiness to stand with the people, defend their interests and develop the state.
His words: “They are planning violence, bringing arms, intimidating our supporters as part of their strategy. They know that if we have a free and fair election, they stand no chance. Their strategy is to continue with their propaganda and lies.
“They know they don't have a record of performance; their plan is just to intimidate our supporters and ensure they stay off the polling booth.”
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